Condemn Police for Promoting Officer Who Shot Dog

Target: El Monte, California Police

Goal: Condemn police for promoting officer after he shot family’s dog

In El Monte, California, a police officer shot a family’s German Shepherd Dog after he entered the dog’s fenced in yard. The dog began pacing towards the officer, and he opened fire on the dog, supposedly fearing he would be attacked.

This police officer was recently promoted to sergeant. When asked about the promotion, the El Monte Police Cheif Steven Schuster said in a written statement, “One officer involved in this incident did receive a promotion to sergeant; however the officer was selected for and notified of the promotion on June 12, well before the incident took place. Since this is an ongoing investigation, we could not rescind that promotion because it would have violated the officer’s rights under state law.”

Schuster added that if the investigation shows that the police officer did wrong by violating the department’s policy, he may be subject to disciplinary action.

The dog was rushed to veterinary care, but the vet bills were too expensive, though originally the police department offered to pay for vet care. The family ended up putting their dog down.

This shooting happened just days before a similar incident in Hawthorne, California in which police officers were caught on camera fatally shooting a pet Rottweiler while arresting the dog’s owner. Clearly, officers have no regard for animal life while on the job.

The El Monte police department should be condemned for letting this incident slide. The killing of an innocent dog is inexcusable. The emotional damage for the dog’s owners and the loss of animal life is wrong for the department to ignore. Condemn the El Monte police for promoting a police officer with no regard for animal life.


Dear El Monte Police Department,

The promotion of your officer to sergeant after he shot a family’s pet dog is despicable. His actions do not show an officer who deals with problems calmly, but instead one who shoots first and asks questions later. The fact that he was still promoted after this incident shows that an innocent dog’s loss of life is not a big deal to your department.

Please reconsider your policies for promotion. If you could not rescind his promotion for these actions, your policies need to be revisited and improved.


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Photo credit: Daniela Magallón via Flickr

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